MANILA - Miss International 1979 Melanie Marquez has weighed in on Alma Moreno's recent interview with Karen Davila. Moreno is a former sister-in-law of Marquez, through her brother Joey Marquez.
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On DZMM's "Mismo" with Jobert Sucaldito and Ahwel Paz, Marquez said Friday night that those running for office must always be prepared for interviews.
"May mga senador na matalino. Pag nagse-senador sila, hindi sila nag-aaccept ng imbitasyon na katulad ni Karen Davila. Mga intellectual. But if you accepted those kind of invitations, you have to be prepared," Marquez said.
The beauty queen-turned-actress said that politicians should be aware of what is happening around them.
"You should know also, s’yempre di ba, kunyari, matagal ka na sa politics, kahit sabihin mong councilor or everything, you have to be aware of your surrounding," she said.
Marquez also has this advice for those who have difficulties expressing themselves in English.
"'Yung iba nga kasi, pag mahilig mag-Ingles, e di Tagalugin mo. Pag di mo naintindihan, ‘ano nga 'yang abbreviation na 'yan? Ano ibig sabihin?’ Ako, ganon naman ako talaga eh, 'pag di ko alam," Marquez said.
Marquez also shared her thoughts on the Philippines' economy.
"Mayaman tayo - sa katalinuhan, sa resources, and everything - bakit nasa Third World country pa rin tayo?" Marquez asked.
The former Miss International said she hopes to see the day when the country’s economy will no longer be considered "Third World."
"That's one thing I hope and really do pray bago pumikit ako, gusto ko makita ang bansa natin ay wala na sa kategoryang yun," said Marquez.
"Ang tagal na nila eh. Kasi pwede naman tayo mawala sa Third World country within five years. Kaya yan... Sa isang termino lang, kayang alisin tayo sa Third World country," she added.
"Alam ko ang problema ng bansang ‘to. Alam ko kung pano payamanin ang bansang ‘to," the former beauty queen said.